Top 10 tips for starting out in basketball

Useful advice for getting you started in basketball

Before you jump right in to playing the enjoyable and social sport of basketball, read this guide to playing the sport. We'll tell you everything you need to know to get started, including what kit you'll need to buy, how to warm up, and some of the key skills to learn.

Get yourself kitted out for basketball
Generally there is very little you need to get started but it is important to get a good pair of basketball shoes as the wrong sort could lead to an injury. A ball and a hoop for personal practice would be a good way to start off.

Top 10 tips for starting out in basketball

Warm up for basketball playing
It is advisable to warm up before starting a game of basketball. Warming up reduces the chance of injuries and is an efficient way to increase your ability to perform.

Get in shape for basketball
Basketball is a physically challenging sport so it’s best to be in as good a condition as possible. The better shape you’re in, the greater your stamina, and the quicker your response time. This will also help avoid injury.

Practice your basketball
There is no substitute for practice. Only by hard dedication working on key skills such as passing, dribbling and shooting can the player really hope to improve.

Dribble with your weak hand
Be sure to dribble with your weak hand until you can handle the ball as effectively with either hand. Always dribble with your head up, not down, and dribble only as fast as you can go while still keeping control of the ball.

Shooting in basketball
To shoot more effectively, practice shooting everyday from a variety of positions. Also, practice shooting as if you are in a game with a friend. It is important to learn what your basketball shooting range is.

Jumping in basketball
Jumping and standing on your toes improves jumping, because it works the same muscles as when you're jumping on a basketball court. 

Don’t dribble too hard
One key error people make is thinking they have to bounce the ball as hard as they can when dribbling. Dribbling should be done with knees bent, a straight back, and head up. Dribble just a little above your knee height, and remember, it is better to gently bounce the ball rather than bouncing it too hard on the floor.

Master some basketball skills, then others
Confidence grows by mastering a few skills, then moving on to others. It is better to be able to shoot from short range and then gradually extend the distance over time. For dribbling, control is better than speed and this will improve with practice.

Get a good coach and study other basketballer players
If you have got a real taste for the game, then it might be worth joining a club where coaches can point you in the right direction and develop your game. Watching other players, especially professionals, can teach the finer skills of the game such as movement, defensive and attacking tactics.

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